The 2013 Prefontaine Classic is in the books. The record books that is. Sunny Oregon skies, warm temperatures, no wind and plenty of elite competition from around the world came together to produce one of the most memorable Pre Meets in history. World bests, meet records, a national high school record/ junior record and multiple personal bests were the order [...]

A Good Day (or two)

The scene played out like this. A 2013 NCAA D1 indoor conference meet. Women’s 55m Finals. Starting blocks were being adjusted. Practice starts being completed. What I witnessed next is something I hope I never see again while either officiating (as I was this particular day) or spectating a track and field event. A particular athlete set her blocks, assumed [...]

Our anchor leg  had to just hang on to the lead we had built and we would win this race and claim the top spot on the podium at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. High School Boys 4 X 880y relay. Little Iowa farming community whooping up on the big Iowa schools. Crowd in excess of 20,000 [...]

All Four Winners – Part 3 of 4

I always enjoy watching an elite runner compete particularly if I am track side, up close and personal.  Such was the case in Bozeman, Montana as I was officiating the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, 2007.  The runner I was watching did indeed win his races.  All three of them; 800 meters, Mile and 3000 meters.  He [...]

All Four: Winners! Part 2 of 4

“Running is like life.  You start at the same place with your fellow runners.  You all finish at the same place. How you do is largely up to you.  If you win, you congratulate your team and yourself.  If you lose, you evaluate how to improve. You can’t make excuses like “he didn’t pass me the ball” or “the coach [...]

All Four Winners! Part 1

I really enjoy reading a good book.  Particularly when you mix running and people who command attention as both great athletes and genuine human beings.  Not all successful runners mix the two well.  But I found three that have.  Add one more book that exposes the training, culture and success of the Kenyans and you have four good reads for [...]

Got a Favorite?

Move over Lake Fork Trail.  There is a new kid in town.  Favorite trail that is.  Discovered during a recent adventure to Glacier National Park.  Specific location listed as classified! This new trail?  Nothing short of a breathtaking surreal trail running experience. Picture this – a dense forest canopy high overhead created by ancient cedar trees – where little sunlight [...]

Train With Flexibility

“How was your daughter’s wedding?” – a friend asked.  “An absolute hoot!” was my response.  And it was.  I haven’t eaten that much cake nor danced so late into the night than that outdoor country wedding just a few weeks ago.  Looking at my training diary it appeared I did rather enjoy myself.  Nothing but goose eggs for a few [...]